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Dancing across the world: senior Natalie Larsen’s post-graduation plans take her to Australia

As a junior, senior Natalie Larsen decided to try the poms team. Joining the team gave her the opportunity to perform more often. “[My dancing] hasn’t been anything performance based for a while since poms, which I think is fine,” Larsen said. “I miss the vindication of performing, but honestly, I don’t miss performing. It’s that respect as a dancer that I miss.”
January 7, 2020

She knew her plan. Senior Natalie Larsen would go to a four-year university straight out of high school; she would use her childhood experiences from mission trips with her family to study social work....

Behind the glitz and glamor: junior Aaliyah Weston’s fight against black stereotypes

Standing alone, junior Aaliyah Weston completes a dance routine while her poms teammates drop to the floor. The team performed with the entire school watching at the Homecoming pep assembly Sept. 28. “Once I got all that applause it was like, ‘Oh, I do matter and I’m a black girl making a change at Parkway West,’” Weston said.
December 7, 2018

“Being a token black kid, not being allowed to be angry ever because people just know me as–” Junior Aaliyah Weston pauses, searching for the right words before redirecting her line of thought. “You...

Sophomore Maggie Lyerla dances through EDS

Maggie poses by holding her leg behind her in the arabesque position at Queeny Park. “I brought point shoes to the park to take pictures for our Instagrams,” Lyerla said. “Sometimes I do lyrical improv at home and I work on pointe alone because I have to keep up with my strength because my ankles are hypermobile.”
March 9, 2018

Passionate about dance, sophomore Maggie Lyerla has been twirling since the age of two. However, she faces a genetic disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), where joints are overly flexible, dislocate...

Sophomore Kristina Humphrey explains what it’s like to be a greek dancer

Dancing to the beat of Greek music, sophomore Kristina Humphrey performs at the 2016 St. Louis County Greek Festival.
January 27, 2017

Although school activities like orchestra, debate, theater and improv take up a great amount of sophomore Kristina Humphrey’s time, she makes an effort to be involved outside of school in Greek dance...

Senior makes a change to King of Hearts music

Students at this year's homecoming dance parade around the room in a conga line.
March 11, 2016
Senior Donte Hopkins is disregarding tradition and trying a new way of picking what music to play at school dances, letting the students choose.

Students get creative with King of Hearts proposals

Students get creative with King of Hearts proposals
March 7, 2016
Four upperclassmen girls tell the stories of their creative KOH proposals for the upcoming dance.

Student dancers reach the high barre of excellence

Student dancers reach the high barre of excellence
November 16, 2015
Four West students share their dance experience in individual interviews with the Pathfinder.
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